From Mohammed Munirat Nasir, Gusau:
Wife of Zamfara state governor, Hajia Aisha Bello Matawalle has decried the alarming rate of rape in the society demanding strict punishments for offenders.
The Zamfara first lady made the call during a road walk against sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in commemoration of this year’s international Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence.
The road walk which was organized by the office of the first lady in collaboration with the Zamfara State Ministry for Women, Children and Social Development saw many women groups and Non Governmental Organizations carrying placards marched through major roads in Gusau to the State House of Assembly, Police Headquarters and the Emir of Gusau’s palace seeking for justice against perpetrators of GBV.
Hajia Aisha represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Lawal said the stakeholders must stand in solidarity with survivors and also appropriate measures must be taken against perpetrators of GBV in the society.
“The time to act is long overdue and therefore we must take a decisive action to checkmate this ugly trend in the society,” she said.
The Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello expressed the commitments of the state traditional rulers to lend their support in the fight by doing needful as it is a collective responsibility for all to end the scourge.